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“Weekend getaway for wife's birthday (4 nights)” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel 1898
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (El Raval)   |  
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Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
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“Weekend getaway for wife's birthday (4 nights)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We booked this hotel through Expedia and had read the reviews online beforehand.

The location of this property could not be any better as it is on La Rambla and very close of Placa de Catalunia which are important considerations as everything becomes much easier. We took Aerobus to and fro from El Prat airport. This service runs very smoothly and very frequently 365 days a year. Hence, you reach hotel within 5-10 mins on foot after getting off the aerobus.

It is just a block away from the Marcat La Boquera. Hence, we could take a walk on La Rambla and visit this Market as we pleased without breaking a sweat. The famous Barcelona cathedral is also very close and so are Grand Teatre De Liceu as well as Palacu de la musica catlana (walking distance of less than 10 mins). There are 2 metro stations on its door steps - Liceu and Catalunia on line L3. Besides, Placa Reial as well as several clubs / bars / restaurants in gothic quarters and El Raval are close by too. We in fact walked from the hotel to Passeig de Gracia and visited Casa Battlo and La Pedrera on foot. We even walked from La Pedrera to Sagarada Familia. However, if walking is not what you want then metro is the answer. So this was about the location.

The reception staff was very helpful and helped us with bookings as well as giving very valuable suggestions based on what we wanted especially restaurants. Jamed McArdle as well as Andrea deserve their names mentioned here. They helped with maps as well as the quickest way to get from A to B as well as some practical tips.

The rooms were very clean and we had chosen a room with a balcony. If you prefer a view to a street then this is a good option. However, that brings its own issues of noise from it too. However, we wanted that. A feel of the culture. People on street having meals and often there were street performers with music instruments. We loved this part. Higher the floor number, lesser the noise. We were on the third floor which offered a decent view to the street.

The hotel sent us a complimentary cava bottle on my wife's birthday which was a personal touch. They had gathered that when they checked us in with our passport details.

Our room had a DAB radio and a flat screen TV. My only gripe was that there were very few English channels. All movies were dubbed in spanish or catalan. The hotel must look into this or offer English sub-title function (which may have been there but we didn't ask).

We did not try the breakfast or the restaurant at the hotel as there were so many to choose from in the area. We did go on the rooftop bar which was amazing. The view was worth the price you pay for drinks. I was served margarita in a martini glass. The bar needs to work on these little areas. If you are charging 12 euro a drink then it has to deliver. However, it was the view and atmosphere which we paid for.

I would certainly recommend this hotel to friends and family. I would very strongly consider it when I visit Barcelona next. There was a small rooftop pool which could be useful for kids. I spoke to some guests and they were impressed with spa too.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My family and I did 3 non consecutive nights at this property in August. 1 night before a 5 day cruise and 2 nights after the cruise. The property is immaculate. Very clean, well maintained and modern although the exterior is beautifully historic. The lobby has numerous sofas and an adjacent bar area. The staff all speak English and were very helpful with directions, restaurant recommendations and tourist information. Check in is at three and I was never able to get in before that time but they did accept my luggage for storage. I was having a problem with my cell phone and the front desk even called an American number for me to resolve the problem. Our booking included breakfast which was a European style buffet in the restaurant. It is very nice with many choices, excellent food and excellent service. The 7th floor rooftop bar and pool were very nice. Spectacular views and wonderful atmosphere. There are great lounge sofas (that one can reserve) and dining tables. My only negative is the limited dining menu. Le Meridian is across the street and I never saw anyone on their roof enjoying the sun like we were. The location is great. Right along La Rambla. Starbucks next door. Walking distance to waterfront, Cathedral of Barcelona and major shopping. They do not have rooms for 4 so I did have to buy 2 rooms each night but hey, it's a vacation, who wants to sleep in the same room as your kids?

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Very nice hotel at the Ramblas. Premium right across the Meridien. Pool area is fantastic and the roof top bar gives a lounge feeling at night, Breakfast one of the best ever, but its quite expensive at 24 euro pp.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed here for three nights at the end of a cruise, and the hotel was first rate in all ways. The staff is exceptionally outgoing and helpful. The location on La Rambla is excellent. The hotel is attractive and beautifully designed and outfitted....loved the towels! Great lobby bar with excellent bar tenders! Would recommend this property without hesitation! Hope to go back soon!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is one of the best hotels we have seen. The location is perfect (very central), breakfast was fantastic and the service was great. The hotel is absolutely worth its price and we will definitely come back!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We popped in at 5.30 for a drink, excellent table with views all over Barcelona. Well worth a visit, not too expensive either.
Service was second to known. Although you do have to book for a table from20.00hrs. So we've booked again for our last night.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The hotel location was ideal. We loved the noise from Las Ramblas. The rooftop pool was absolutely amazing. Staff were lovely. The only tiny criticism I do have is the menu for room service wasn't good.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#2 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#12 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#15 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel 1898 4*
Number of rooms: 169
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel in Las Ramblas, in the center of Barcelona. Hotel 1898 is the only offering spa and 2 swimming pools all year open. A hotel where luxury and small pleasures will take you to the 19th century and the Spanish colonies in Cuba and the Philippines. Discover our Colonial Suites with private terrace and swimming pool. An authentic oasis in the heart of Barcelona. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
1898 Hotel Barcelona
Hotel 1898 Barcelona, Catalonia
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